This was such a sweet book! A late bloomer's "coming of age" story. As a fellow lover of words, the way the author wove Bea and Ben's spelling bee experiences of their school years into the story made me smile.
I've always found the Amish rumspringa tradition a little odd, and an incident in the story confirms that things can and do go wrong with that. Ben couldn't have thought he saw Bea kissing someone else if there weren't any couples kissing in the woods in the moonlight, you know?
Becoming Bea shows the main character going through a tremendous amount of personal growth, both in the area of reclusive shyness and in competitive pride. Although this book is part of a series, it stands on it's own. I haven't read the other books, and I didn't have any problem picking up the story.
Sometimes, at the end of a book, you feel like, "Well, they're together for now, but..." when the characters have behaved badly or overcome really difficult circumstances. I didn't have that feeling with this book. I really felt that Bea and Ben are well suited for each other, and should do well together.
Leslie Gould is back with the latest book, Becoming Bea, in her Shakespeare-inspired series, The Courtships of Lancaster County. Don't miss the other books in the series, Courting Cate (retelling of The Taming of the Shrew), Adoring Addie (inspired by Romeo and Juliet), and Minding Molly (inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream).
Leslie is celebrating the series with a Kindle giveaway and a Facebook party on November 11th.
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A Kindle Fire
- One copy each of the entire The Courtships of Lancaster County series: Courting Cate, Adoring Addie, Minding Molly, and Becoming Bea.
RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!
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